Christmas traditions differ in lands and even areas of land. What Christmas traditions are practice in the United Kingdom?
A lots of similar traditions
Christmas time in UK in a lots of aspects don’t differ in context with other lands. Here Nativity Plays or Carol Services are practice too. Britishers at December 24th consume Christmas foods, but typical menu is different in comparison to another lands. But the oddity can be Candlelight Service during which all church is light only by candelas. In the UK a lots of people walk to the church where is religious service at midnight in the Christmas Eve.
Time of waiting for Santa
In United Kingdom childrens also look forward to Santa. At the end of the December 24th children prepare sockes or pillowcases by the fireplace or kids’ beds. They know that Santa Claus put on gifts in those items, not near to Holidays tree like believe kids from other countries. Often kids in UK are very caring – they prepare mince crumpets and brandy for Father Christmas as a food and to drink when he visits their home. Nowadays it is often alcohol-free drink due to Father Christmas has to be sober during drive his sleigh.
The Speech of the Queen
Every year, at second day of Christmas people listen to Speech of the Queen. The idea of a Christmas speech started before current Queen came to the throne. The Speech of the Queen was important element in the development of the BBC in early years of activity. The first Christmas Message was in 1932 and their author was King George V. Elizabeth II in her speeches tells about current issues of UK and other lands and says about her approach. It’s good resume of facts of the year and programs for the next. The Queen’s Christmas Message is key point of every Holidays.
Every lands have their Holidays customs. The UK isn’t different in that topic, however a lots of Christmas customs are transfered from other lands.